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CBT 02May2009: Assault In Terengganu Jungle

by on May.03, 2009, under XMen Extreme Adventure, XMen Extreme Adventure 1

Article from Cars, Bikes & Trucks. 02May2009
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OVER 35 adventurers are reliving their passion for off-road adventure at the legendary Elephant Mudhole and Terminator Hill in the jungles of Terengganu this week.

The ultimate destination of hardcore offroaders, the tracks in one of the oldest rainforest jungles in the world are well known to international adventurers who have participated in the Trans Pen Malaysia and the  4×4 Rainforest Challenge.

“It was one of those moments about seven weeks ago when we were talking about some of our off-road adventures. We then realised that the rising Kenyir Lake would soon flood the approach tracks to the Elephant Mudhole, and the very valley itself by next year, if not this year,” said Rate De Silva, the leader of the X-Men recce team and chief scout for many years in the Rainforest Challenge.

“A small group among us decided to attack the Elephant Mudhole and Terminator Hill with participants whom we would select so that we could have the dream team of men and machines to tackle the challenges we faced at these venues. During the previous events we had many wannabes who didn’t have an idea of what they were getting into.

“Initially, we planned the trip among a small group of close friends. But word got around fast, especially through our website, and friends from Britain, Australia, the United States and Thailand quickly responded,” said Rate, the founder of Xmen Xtreme Adventure.

The participants in 12 vehicles were flagged off from the New Straits Times office in Kuala Lumpur last Tuesday by New Straits Times Sdn Bhd group editor Datuk Syed Nadzri Syed Harun.

Among the challenging terrain faced by the adventurers are seven mudpools at the Elephant Mudhole in Sungei Pelagong and deep ruts, thick mud, slippery slopes and fallen jungle logs along the journey to the Terminator Hill.

The five-day jungle adventure ends tomorrow as participants break camp at Sungei Puah and head out for the tarmac road back to Tasik Kenyir Resort.

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